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Nargothrond
Physical Description
TypeFortress
LocationMeeting of Ringwil and Narog
RealmsNargothrond
InhabitantsNoldor, Dwarves
DescriptionStrong fortress built at the bank of the river; later with a bridge
General Information
EtymologyS. Narog (river-name) + ost "fortress" + rond "dome-roofed hall"
EventsQuest for the Silmaril, Fall of Nargothrond
ReferencesThe Silmarillion

Nargothrond was the stronghold built by Finrod Felagund to dwell in, delved into the banks of the river Narog in Beleriand. This was the base of Felagund's realm that included the lands to the north (the Talath Dirnen or Guarded Plain) and surrounding.

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History

Creation

Inspired by Menegroth in Doriath, and seeking a hidden place from which to be safe from the forces of Morgoth, Finrod established it in the early years of the First Age, in the Caverns of Narog beneath the forested hills of Taur-en-Faroth on the western bank of Narog. He was aided by the Dwarves of the Ered Luin, who also made for him the Nauglamír, the Necklace of the Dwarves.

However, Finrod was not the first to delve in those caves: it had first been inhabited by the Petty-dwarves before they were driven out.

Days of Power

Finrod ruled Nargothrond until he joined Beren in his quest for the Silmaril and gave it to Orodreth. However, the sons of Fëanor, Celegorm and Curufin lived in Nargothrond at this time and were more powerful than Orodreth until Finrod's death was reported, at which time they were exiled.

Fall

(Main article: Fall of Nargothrond)

Túrin Turambar later came to Nargothrond and became one of its chief fighters, but he also persuaded the people to fight openly against Morgoth (the bridge was built at this time), which eventually led to its sack by the army of the dragon Glaurung.

See also